[r91] Rep. Behning Upset that Constitutional Caps Not Considered in House (1/30/2008)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Start Date: 1/30/2008 All Day
End Date: 1/30/2008
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2008 - Property tax reform in Indiana took a blow Tuesday night as House Democrats refused to hear House Joint Resolution 1, the bill containing constitutional property tax caps for homeowners, rental properties and businesses.

"It was disappointing to see my House Democrat colleagues refuse to discuss placing permanent protection for Hoosiers into the state Constitution," said Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis). "We were able to talk about the bill for two minutes before it was dramatically pulled it as a House member was discussing it. I'm hopeful that we will be able to discuss placing constitutional protection for Hoosiers and, ultimately, the permanent elimination of property taxes as we move into the second half of the session."

HJR 1 would have amended the Constitution of the State of Indiana to cap property taxes for homestead properties at 1 percent, rental properties at 2 percent and commercial properties to 3 percent. House Bill 1001, the property tax reform package, passed the House last week in a 93-1 vote, and HJR 1 was set to ensure that property tax cuts remained permanent.